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Green Tea for Hair: Stimulates Growth + Gives it Glorious Shine

Green tea for hair


Green Tea is Fab for your Hair.

My parents visited Darjeeling some time ago, and they brought me a few bags of green tea. Since then it has just been sitting in my cupboard as I simply dislike the taste of green tea. So I have thought of putting it to another good use – as a hair wash.

Amazing Benefits of Green Tea for your Hair & Scalp

While green tea comes from the same plant as black – camellia sinensis, it undergoes minimal processing, leaving it with more antioxidants and nutrients.

It’s these antioxidants as well as presence of caffeine that help stimulate hair follicles and encourage growth. (Few studies also show its benefit in treating hair loss.)

Green tea is a good source of panthenol, which is often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair. It also contains a unique amino acids called theanine. This amino acid along with panthenol work to strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent split ends.

Besides, green tea has wonderful tonic and astringent qualities that seal in moisture and add shine and luster to hair.

In addition, the natural vitamin C in green tea can protect your hair and scalp from sun damage. And if you have scalp issues such as psoriasis or dandruff, green tea can bring relief from it.

How to make

you will need:

Optional add-ins

  • 1 tablespoon aloe vera gel (conditions hair and creates smooth shine)
  • 1 clove (scalp stimulating)
  • A small piece of cinnamon (promotes faster hair growth)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime or orange peel (conditions and adds shine)
  • 1 teaspoon licorice root ( moisturising and hair softening)
  • 1 teaspoon argan oil (hair nourishing and strengthening)

Place the green tea (and other herbs like clove, cinnamon, and orange peel ) in a pot or jug and pour hot water over them. Let them steep, covered, for 10 to 15 minutes. Then strain the liquid (don’t throw away the spent green tea leaves, sprinkle them around your plants and see them bloom).

Once the tea cools down, add aloe vera gel and use.

Tip: If your hair is on dry side, add a few drops of argan oil or any of your favourite oil to this tea.

How To Use

Use as a final rinse. Pour the green tea water into your hair. Work it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water to lock in the shine.

Note: You can use squeeze/applicator bottle for easy pouring. You will find them at beauty stores or online.

You can use this tea one or twice a week.

Green tea water as a hair wash

This tea has cleansing qualities, so you can use it as a mild shampoo after a sweaty work out or whenever your hair needs some freshening up. And it even works great in hard water.

Buying tip

Buy organic and milder tea which has undergone minimum processing, such as this one. If you can, buy loose herbal teas instead of tea bags. This is because tea bags are bleached and can contain certain chemicals which may not be good for us.

Have you every washed your hair with green tea? How did it work for you?

  • Jia says:

    Green tea has helped my hair growth. I also head massage my scalp with coconut oil once a week.

    • anand kumar says:

      Please tell,How to make green tea recipe for hair growth

  • akshaya says:

    What if v drink green tea instead of applying it to our hair???

  • Binu mol says:

    Minazz Can we use this green tea decoction(plain one without any herbs) daily as final rinse???

  • michelle says:

    How often should I use this rinse for hair growth?

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  • Jitesh KR says:

    This is amazing, works for my hair. takes some time.

  • Ana Marie says:

    if you have an extremely oily scalp will this help? Are sulfates necessary for oily hair? i feel like they are making my black hair look dull.

    • It should help.
      No Sulfates are not necessary for oily hair. You can use a combination of egg shampoo and green tea rinse.

    • Ana Marie says:

      So i used the egg white, yolk, and honey as a shampoo and it left me with a waxy unclean feeling on my hair. I put it in my hair when it was wet. I waited three days before I could wash my hair and I used green tea and aloe. I felt that the green tea sealed the waxy feeling in. I have aloe in my backyard and I blended the gel and juice well but whenever I use aloe I see a bunch of little white specs in my hair. Do you have any suggestions? I’m going to wait another three days and wash my hair with baking soda and use oat water as a conditioner.

  • Melchior Chang says:

    Can I use a green tea rinse after I shampoo my hair?

    • Minaz says:


  • Swats says:

    I make a hair serum with green tea.. and my ingredients are .. green tea, handful of mint leaves, half a lemon and four table spoons of aloe vera gel. Apply it after you wash your hair and let it stay on your hair.. or if you ain’t comfortable with the consistency.. then apply half an hour before you wash your hair. I was experiencing hair fall.. but my hair density has increased due to this diy hair serum

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Swats, that’s so nice of you to share what worked for you. I am sure it will help others.

  • nagesh says:

    Drinking green tea can help to re-grow hair ?

    • Minaz says:

      Include: ghee, almonds, cashew, flax seeds, vegetables, fruits, roti, rice, dal in your diet.

  • Asher Ali says:

    Can I leave tea water in hair mean is it necessary to rinse again after applying tea water

    • Minaz says:

      Try both ways, see what works for you. I prefer to rinse it out.

  • Chachi says:

    Hi Minaz, will the green tea rinse lighten black hair by any chance?

    • Minaz says:

      Hi Chachi, it won’t.

    • Chachi says:

      Minaz I’ve been using the green tea rinse as a conditioner, after I shampoo my hair and I love the results! 🙂
      But I noticed that in your ‘Homemade shampoos’ post, you said that black tea is to be used for dark hair, and green tea’s for blond hair.. Any specific reason why? Does black and green tea give different results?

    • Minaz says:

      Hello Chachi, you can continue using green tea. I said that because black tea can stain blond hair, so it won’t be appropriate for them.
      And black tea can make dark hair darker.

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